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What Makes a Compelling Story? The Secret Sauce Revealed

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Bad Writing Sells With my market research hat on, I was trawling through book samples, reading the first chapter or two of top-selling, self-published, genre fiction on sale at the major online retailers. I wanted to discover what these books have in common that makes them sell. I…

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How to Write Without Approval: Reasons to Keep Writing When it’s Tough

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  The Need For Approval For many of us, the quest for approval is one of the reasons to keep writing. I imagine once you’ve a horde of adoring fans hanging on your every word, and swathes of bookstore real estate burgeoning with your work – if you’re…

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Crippled by Doubt and Paralyzed by Fear: How to Overcome Writing Anxiety

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  Doubt and Fear Are Not Only for Novice Writers Right now I’m scared. I’m finding it hard to sleep at night and there’s a background of anxiety against which I play out every day. I’ll tell you why. But first things first as they say. I’ve written…

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Routines for Writers: How to Develop a Writing Schedule and Stick to It

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What’s the Most Difficult Thing About Writing? The most difficult thing about writing may be developing a workable writing schedule. Well, for most of us it isn’t coming up with ideas, plotting, characterization, story arcs, subplots or any of the nitty-gritty aspects of our craft. If we’re already…

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3 Big Mistakes I Made Writing and Publishing and How You Can Avoid Them

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Making Mistakes is the Only Way to Learn Only three? Well, to be honest I’ve made many more than three big mistakes writing and publishing so far. I don’t doubt for a moment I’ll make many more. In fact, it’s fair to say I can always find new mistakes to…

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Keeping a Journal: 7 Compelling Reasons Why Every Writer Should

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  Good Advice is Often Ignored To keep a journal is one of the standard pieces of advice given to every new writer. But I am always astonished by how few start keeping a journal. Keeping a writer’s journal, rather like writing every day, is one of the…

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How to Stay Motivated to Write a Novel: 5 Top Tips

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Writing A Novel Is Hard Work From many conversations I’ve had with writers, particularly new writers (although it seems to be a ubiquitous problem regardless of length of experience) it can be a real problem working out how to stay motivated to write a novel. One of the difficulties…

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